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How should "murciélago" be pronounced?

Murciélago is pronounced mur-cié-la-go. A diphthong like ie doesn't stop being a diphthong if the full vowel (in this case e) is stressed, and the fact that there's an orthographic accent mark on a ...
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How to pronounce "criar"?

Yes, criar is pronounced (by everybody I know, at least) with two syllables, /kri.ar/. This is a violation of the rule that says that a so-called "weak"¹ vowel (/i/ or /u/) always forms a diphthong ...
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Rule for pronouncing 'ay' in a word

Y works like a consonant wherever it is immediately followed by a vowel that is part of the same word. Otherwise, it is a vowel, equivalent to I for all purposes. A + unstressed I is always a ...
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¿Ha usado el castellano siempre la tilde para romper diptongos?

Es difícil dar una respuesta orientada al "no", pero allá voy. He buscado en el CORDE ocurrencias en textos del siglo XV de palabras que contengan la ï. Casi todo lo que he encontrado son ocurrencias ...
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Exceptions to syllable stress rule: "ui" pronounced as "uí"

However, I think I've discovered an exception to the rule, which is the name Luis. It is not an exception. "Ui" is a diphthong, which means that "Luis" has only one syllable. Single syllable words ...
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¿Cómo se deben pronunciar las palabras que empiezan con "hue"?

In some words in Spanish there is a degree of free-variation amongst dialects/speakers as to whether orthographic diphthongs are pronounced as diphthongs or hiatus (e.g. biólogo, enviaron, truhan, ...
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Rule for pronouncing 'ay' in a word

Just to complete OnlyThenDidIReckonMyCurse's answer ... According to the Wikipedia: Salma Hayek Jiménez was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her father, Sami Hayek Domínguez, is Lebanese ...
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Why does "diezmar" have a diphthong, and do similar verbs exist?

Diezmar has a diphthong because of diezmo, as the DLE says. This could have happened by backformation and re-derivation: once you have diezmo, you remove the suffix -o that makes it a regular ...
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How to tell when "ui" is a diphthong or in hiatus?

Regarding the hiatus [u.i], all verb infinitives ending in -uir have it, and it's inherited by all their inflections and derivations where it may apply: substituir, substituido; recluir, recluido; ...
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Exceptions to syllable stress rule: "ui" pronounced as "uí"

As in the previous response, I agree that there are no exceptions to this rule; however some rules take precedence over other ones. E.g. if the word does not end in vowel, n or s, but there is a ...
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Pronunciación del diptongo en aun

Aun o Aún La acentuación gráfica de los adverbios aun y aún depende de su significado. Aun, sin tilde, es equivalente a 'incluso', 'hasta', 'también' o 'siquiera', mientras que aún, con tilde, ...
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¿Cómo se denomina el concepto "diphthongization" en el español?

Diptongación es el término que se emplea en castellano: diptongación f. Fon. Acción y efecto de diptongar. Puedes ver en Google Scholar (es): "diptongación" que el término sí se usa en el ...
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¿Por qué decimos "siempre" si viene del latín "sempre"?

En latín clásico había vocales cortas y largas. Se da por sentado que la cantidad no era la única diferencia entre los pares de vocales, sino que las cortas eran además laxas y las largas eran además ...
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Why does "diezmar" have a diphthong, and do similar verbs exist?

Influence of verb forms This additionally happened with adestrar, amoblar, desosar: Less frequently, the diphthong forms prevailed, producing the following modern regular verbs (with diphthongs in ...

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